It’s traditional. You need some air and some exercise after the festive season and to blow the cobwebs away. It’s also one of the new year’s resolutions for many people and, even if they don’t do any exercise at all for the rest of the year, New Year’s Day is ‘let’s go for a walk day’.
You even had to wait to find a parking space because it was so full.
The water level was really high. We walked around one of the lakes and along a stretch of the River Trent, I would imagine the level must have been about two or three feet higher than in the summer and at one point the path had disappeared under water.
It was a beautiful afternoon and the light was absolutely lovely. It was also very mild. And the huge numbers of people really didn’t detract from our enjoyment.
We saw a cormorant and several different types of duck and goose, a large family of teals, a grebe or two and a heron as well as tits, robins, magpies and blackbirds.
We also came across a very cheeky and brazen squirrel and a rat who was a lot more scared of us than we were of him.
The little village of Attenborough seemed to have remained reasonably dry, which is just as well really as the environment agency spent millions on flood defences this year. But the church was closed because villagers were uncertain how the flood defences would cope.
I thoroughly enjoyed our walk, it was a nice start to the new year, and we were treated to a spectacular light show as we got back to the car.
Then I headed home.
I will not be going to Man’s for a couple of weeks now, which will be tough after spending the last two week’s together.
One day we will live in the same place!